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Every Hardship

Like many towns, Enterprise, Alabama, has a prominent monument. But the monument in Enterprise is unlike any other. The statue doesn’t recognize a leading citizen; it celebrates the work of a beetle. In the early 1900s, this boll weevil made its way from Mexico to the southern US. Within a few years it had destroyed entire crops of cotton, the primary source of revenue. In desperation, farmers started growing another crop—peanuts. Realizing they had been dependent on one crop for too long, they credited the beetle with forcing them to diversify, which led to increased prosperity.

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Memory Loss

Sometimes when we face times of trouble, we may get spiritual amnesia and forget the grace of God. But a good way of reestablishing a thankful heart is to set aside undistracted time and deliberately remember God’s past provisions for us and give thanks.

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City Of Refuge

As we entered a town in Australia, we were greeted by a sign that declared: “We welcome all who are seeking refuge and asylum.” This kind of welcome seems to resonate with the Old Testament concept of the cities of refuge. In the Old Testament era, cities of refuge (Num. 35:6) were established to be a safe haven for people who had accidentally killed someone and were needing protection. God had the people establish such cities to provide that refuge.

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Feeling Chained?

Boethius lived in sixth-century Italy and served the royal court as a highly skilled politician. Unfortunately, he fell into disfavor with the king. He was accused of treason and imprisoned. While awaiting execution, he asked for writing materials so he could compose his reflections. Later, these became an enduring spiritual classic on consolation.

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Asking Different Questions

When tragedy strikes, questions follow. Our loss of a loved one may lead us to ask God any number of pointed questions: “Why did You let this happen?” “Whose fault was this?” “Don’t You care about my pain?” Believe me, as the grieving father of a teenager who died tragically I have asked these very questions.

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Uncertain Times

During a major economic downturn several years ago, many people lost their jobs. Sadly, my brother-in-law was one of them. Writing to me about their situation, my sister shared that although there were uncertainties, they had peace because they knew that God would care for them.

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A Lesson In Worry

My friend handed me a tall glass of water and told me to hold it. The longer I held it, the heavier it felt. Finally my hand grew tired, and I had to put the glass down. “I’ve learned that worry can be like holding that glass,” she said. “The longer I worry about something, the more my fears weigh me down.”

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The View From The End

Our Daily Bread Cover June 2014

Over the course of one year, Richard LeMieux’s lucrative publishing business collapsed. Soon, his wealth disappeared, and he became depressed. Eventually, LeMieux began to abuse alcohol and his family deserted him. At the lowest point in his life, he was homeless, broken, and destitute. However, it was during this time that he turned to God. He later wrote a book about what he learned.

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The Crash

Our Daily Bread Cover May 2014

For years after the Great Depression, the stock market struggled to win back investors’ confidence. Then, in 1952, Harry Markowitz suggested that investors spread their stock holdings over several companies and industries. He developed a theory for portfolio selection that helped investors in uncertain times. In 1990, Markowitz and two others won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for their theory.

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Christ In The Storm

Our Daily Bread Cover April 2014

At the age of 27, Rembrandt painted the seascape Christ in the Storm on the Sea of Galilee based on the story in Mark 4. With its distinctive contrast of light and shadow, Rembrandt’s painting shows a small boat threatened with destruction in a furious storm. As the disciples struggle against the wind and waves, Jesus is undisturbed. The most unusual aspect, however, is the presence in the boat of a 13th disciple whom art experts say resembles Rembrandt himself.

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32 thoughts on “Christ In The Storm

  1. sentinel46 says:

    Praise You Lord GOD almighty for giving us Your Son in Christ Jesus the Author and Finisher of our Faith as an example to know how that we may live…Amen!

    “Inspite of the storms in our lives, the Anchor (Lord Jesus Christ) of the LORD GOD Holds fast!”

    Philippians 4:13

    New King James Version (NKJV)

    13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

  2. jmkeller29 says:

    I never thought about Jesus being that tired that he wouldn’t even wake up in a storm. Thank you Lord for always showing your human side yet always being our omnipotent, awesome and all powerful God. Thank you Lord for loving me.

  3. abelz says:

    Jesus you are awesome!! Teach me to demonstrate faith no matter what I may pass through in life.

  4. dary says:

    Sadly, the magnificent painting mentioned in today’s devotional was stolen from the Gardner Museum in Boston in 1990. Is hasn’t surfaced since. Hopefully it’s still out there somewhere.

  5. lise_jo says:

    Thank you Lord Jesus for giving me a ‘safe dwelling place’ during life’s storms. Without your comfort, and calming effect on my heart, I would be lost and scared. Thank you Lord for guiding me through a life that I don’t need to be afraid of. With You by my side, I can withstand any and all of life’s storms. Amen

  6. mommatocktoo77 says:

    Amen! Yes! God is there in every storm of life! I believe that He works in ways that only if you believe in Him, He will control the storm! Right now, in my life, I am battling several storms and only thru faith and prayer I will be able to overcome these storms!

  7. alutik says:

    Thank you Jesus for calming the storms of addiction in my life and giving me faith in you Lord AMEN

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